ALHAMBRA SHRINE CIRCUS -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Tarzan Zerbini Circus includes animal acts, trapeze artists and clowns, 7 p.m. Oct. 10; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Oct. 12; 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Oct. 13. $15 admission, $5 parking, extra fee for elephant rides. 423-892-0223.
BANANA BALL -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Fundraiser for ages 21 and older includes presentation by Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin, tour of zoo, music and dancing, 6-11 p.m. Oct. 12. $100 general, $150 VIP. 423-697-1319.
BANANA SPLIT -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Ice cream social for children 3-12, with TV personality Jeff Corwin relating stories of his animal adventures, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 12. $25 per child (complimentary admission for one parent). 423-697-1319.
BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET -- Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Open 10 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 423-580-6281.
BURKETT MILLER LECTURE SERIES -- University Center auditorium, Fifth Street on UTC campus. Nobel Laureate Robert Lucas Jr. speaks on "The Logic of Entitlement Reform," noon Monday, Oct. 7. Free but seating is first-come, first-served. 423-425-4118.
CHATTANOOGA ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER -- 400 Garden Road. Beginners guided nature hike, trial run and canoe trip, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 11. Free, but registration required: 423-821-1160.
CHATTANOOGA FASHION WEEK -- Event gathers fashion houses, buyers and enthusiasts in the region.
* Today, Oct. 3: Autism Awareness Day.www.AutismSpeaks.com.
* Friday, Oct. 4: Cupcakes and lemonade at Monsoon children's store, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 1 p.m. 423-702-4494.
* Saturday, Oct. 5: Finale at Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Children's runway show, 4:30 p.m.; Girls of Grace runway show, 5:30 p.m.; cocktails and jazz hour, 6:30 p.m.; high-fashion runway show, 7:30 p.m. $45 general admission, $75 VIP.Order tickets online at chattanoogafashionweek.com (you must print and bring receipt).
CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS -- The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery, 9 nightly. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under.423-821-7125.
CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS -- Choice of two tours, daily through Nov. 1.
Dynamo of Dixie Tour departs from Sheraton Read House, corner of Broad Street and M.L. King Boulevard; 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Bluffs and Bridges Tour begins at south end of Walnut Street Bridge; 4 and 6 p.m. $15 adults, $7 children 12 and under. Reservations required: 423-228-0448, www.chattanoogasidewalktours.com.
CHATTANOOGA STAMP CLUB -- Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road. Program by Dan Chaij on "EFOs of the Republic of Cuba," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; doors open 6:30 p.m. APS sales books available to select stamps for purchase. 423-344-7849.
CIVIL WAR CRUISE -- River Gorge Explorer, 1 Broad St. Tennessee Aquarium naturalist leads "Sharpshooters and the Siege" discussion on actions of Confederate sharpshooters in the Tennessee River Gorge during siege of Chattanooga in 1863, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. $18-$29.423-262-0695.
CITYWIDE YARD SALE -- Downtown South Pittsburg, Tenn. Sale hours 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. To reserve 10x10 space for $5, call Lisa Bradford, 423-228-3186. Free admission to shoppers.
COLUMBUS' SHIPS -- Chattanooga Pier at Ross's Landing, 200 Riverfront Parkway. Touring replicas of Pinta and Nina, 9 am.-6 p.m. Oct. 11-20. $8 adults, $7 senior adults, $6 students ages 5-16, free for under 4. Teachers may schedule 30-minute guided tours, minimum of 15, $5 per person, by calling 787-672-2152.
DAHLIA SHOW -- Erlanger VW Wellness Center, 7380 Volkswagen Drive. Tennessee Dahlia Society's annual flower show with displays from Alabama, Georgia, Carolinas and Tennessee societies, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Free. 423-322-0755.
FACES UNMASKED -- Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Art auction to benefit Faces: The National Craniofacial Association, 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10. $50.423-266-1632.
FAMILY CANOEING, FIRESIDE PROGRAMS -- Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road. Outdoor Chattanooga hosts family canoeing on North Chickamauga Creek followed by fireside program, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 24. $10 includes canoes, paddles and life jackets for adults and children on first-come, first-served basis; children younger than 5 should have their own life jackets.423-643-6888.
HAWK WATCH -- River Gorge Explorer, 1 Broad St. Bring binoculars and join Tennessee Aquarium naturalist to scan sky for birds of prey, 10 a.m. Oct. 12. Includes cash bar and snacks. Aquarium members: $24 adults, $18 children. Nonmembers: $29 adults, $21.50 children 3-12, $18 children under 3. Limited to 68 people. 423-262-0695.
HISTORY WALK -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Chattanooga History Center presents third downtown tour in Civil War sesquicentennial series, "A Walking Tour: Occupied City," 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. $5 (free for CHC members). RSVP by Monday, Oct. 7. 423-265-3247.
INDOOR CLIMBING -- TBA Gym, 3804 St. Elmo Ave. Free day of climbing as part of RiverRocks, noon-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. 423-822-6800.
LONE SOLDIER PROGRAM -- Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Jewish Federation of Chattanooga presents program on Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, which supports military service by noncitizens in the Israeli Defense Forces, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Coffee and desserts served. Free but reservations strongly suggested; 423-493-0270, ext. 10, email@example.com.
MEIGS COUNTY RODEO -- Thompson Arena, 13405 Highway 58 South, Decatur, Tenn. T&T Rodeo/Burgess Rodeo Co. presents second annual event, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5. $12 adults, $6 children 6-12. 256-398-0296.
MODEL RAILROAD DAY -- Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Clinics for beginners to expert model railroaders, scale railroad displays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12. Free. camrc.org.
MOUNTAIN BIKING -- Enterprise South Nature Park, 8015 Volkswagen Drive. Join Outdoor Adventure Training to ride moderate-rated single-track trails on three courses, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Helmets required. Door prizes every hour beginning at 3 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged to be eligible for door prizes. 423-987-9628.
MUSHROOM ROCK HIKE/JOG -- Meet at Shackleford Ridge soccer fields, 4447 Shackleford Ridge Road, Signal Mountain. Wild Trails hosts free hike and/or jog to Mushroom Rock for beginners, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. wildtrails.org.
OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 423-238-9775.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road. Pancake and sausage breakfast benefits Chattanooga Girls Choir, 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. seatings, Oct. 12. $6. www.chattanooggirlschoir.org/events/pancake-breakfast.
PINTS FOR PEACE -- Sturmhaus Beer Market, 1120 Houston St. Young Professionals Association hosts fundraiser to benefit Partnership for Families, Children and Adults' family crisis services, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 10. Free admission, $3 pints from Chattanooga Brewing Co.423-697-3828.
QUILT SHOW REGISTRATION -- Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive. Hixson Chapter 310 Order of the Eastern Star seeks quilt submissions and Christmas vendors for "Every Quilt Tells a Story" show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11-12. To participate, call 423-870-6832 or 423-842-9325 by Saturday, Oct. 4.
PRATER'S MILL COUNTRY FAIR -- Prater's Mill, 5845 Georgia Highway 2, Dalton, Ga. More than 200 artists and food vendors, living-history demonstrations, mountain music, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13. $7. 706-694-6455.
RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES -- 21726 River Canyon Road. 423-451-6068.
* Daily: Explore Tennessee River Gorge with three-hour adventures 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.; sunset cruise at 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into gorge, $45. www.rivercanyonadventure.com
* Saturday, Oct. 5: RiverRocks after-party cookout, 4:30 p.m.-midnight. $20 includes beer, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and sides. Reservations required. 423-394-2012, 423-488-1345.
ROOM IN THE INN OPEN HOUSE -- Lindsay Street Hall, 901 Lindsay St. Shelter for homeless women and their children marks 35th anniversary, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 10.Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks and music. Reservations due today, Oct. 3. firstname.lastname@example.org.
TENNESSEE RIVER RESCUE -- Zones in Marion, Hamilton, Bradley and Rhea counties. Volunteers needed to pick up litter, minimum of two hours, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Participate on land, by boat or canoe in 23 locations. Registration not required; free T-shirts while supplies last. 423-785-4177, 423-785-4024, www.tennesseeriverrescue.org.
TRAIN RIDES -- Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com.
* Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. October departures 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; plus 10:40 and 12:05 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. $16 adults, $10 ages 3-12.
* Summerville Special: Autumn leaf excursions from Chattanooga through Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to Summerville, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays through Nov. 2. $70.
ZOMBIE WALK -- Starts from south side of Walnut Street Bridge, through North Chattanooga to Big River Grille, 222 Broad St. Dress in your most ghoulish attire and walk in fundraiser for Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; zombie makeovers (by donation) at 1 p.m. Entry fee $13 until Friday, Oct. 4, $25 day of walk, all fees with donation of canned food. Register online: redtowersentertainment.com.
BOOK SIGNING -- Signal Mountain Library, 1114 James Blvd. Kathryn Primm signs "Tennessee Tails: Pets and their People," noon Saturday, Oct. 5. www.applebrookanimal.com.
LITERARY LINEUP -- Decosimo Studio, 1427 Williams St. Fusebox Reading Series hosts local writers Sybil Baker, Caleb Ludwick and Richard Jackson and Atlanta writer Scott Daughtridge for readings, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Free. 423-645-5375.
SHERLOCK HOLMES DISCUSSIONS --The English Rose Tea Room, 1401 Market St. "The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle," 6:30-8:30 Wednesdays, Oct. 9-16. Registration required, class limited to 15, $125 includes tea and desserts each week. 423-622-2862.